adjective Etymology: Middle English, from Latin inflexibilis, from in- + flexibilis flexible Date: 14th century 1. rigidly firm in will or purpose ; unyielding 2. not readily bent ; lacking or deficient in suppleness 3. incapable of change ; unalterableinflexibility nouninflexibleness nouninflexibly adverb Synonyms: inflexible, obdurate, adamant mean unwilling to alter a predetermined course or purpose. inflexible implies rigid adherence or even slavish conformity to principle <
inflexible in their demands
. obdurate stresses hardness of heart and insensitivity to appeals for mercy or the influence of divine grace <
obdurate in his refusal to grant clemency
. adamant implies utter immovability in the face of all temptation or entreaty <
adamant that the work should continue
. Synonym: see in addition stiff.

New Collegiate Dictionary. 2001.


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